Apple fixes the iCloud sync issues tormenting users and developers

Apple fixes the iCloud sync issues tormenting users and developers


Data syncing should be stable again.
Image: Apple

Apple says it has eliminated the iCloud sync issue that has been causing all kinds of disruption inside third-party apps.

The problem first surfaced late last year, soon after iOS 15 made its debut, and sporadically prevented many apps from syncing data through iCloud — much to the frustration of users and developers. But it is said to be eliminated now.

Apple eliminates iCloud sync bug

Complaints surrounding this issue have been ongoing since around November. Developers and users were taking to online forums and social media to report that iCloud syncing was broken, preventing them from backing up their data.

The problem also killed cross-device syncing and forced some users to move their files to local storage. Many devs said they had pestered Apple for a fix, but in most cases hadn’t even received a response. That was until it all blew up.

Earlier this week, the media picked up on the complaints and it quickly became a hot topic all over the internet. That seemingly gave Apple the kick it needed to finally eliminate the problem once and for all.

iCloud sync is working again

Becky Hansmeyer, one of the many developers who highlighted the CloudKit problem in recent weeks, said on Wednesday that she had receive “a very kind and detailed response from Apple” indicating that the sync failures were fixed.

A post from an admin on Apple’s official forum, which Apple directed The Verge to, reads:

Our engineering teams investigated this issue on the CloudKit backend, and have implemented a fix. You should no longer see these error messages from the CloudKit console, or from devices running your app.

The errors seen here resemble request-throttling that may be affecting a specific user, or the container as a whole. An underlying issue caused an elevated number of these error responses to be returned to your CloudKit apps in certain situations, and has since been resolved.

It’s not exactly clear what steps Apple took to resolve the issue, but according to recent developer feedback, iCloud sync is indeed working as intended inside third-party apps.

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